Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Temps will dip and Trump has a clear plan for his first 100 days

Today starts cooler and drier, and only tops out in the mid 70s under partly cloudy skies, 10Weather WTSP reports. A secondary front moves through tomorrow afternoon, but rain chances are very slim at 10 percent. The key to this front is that even cooler and drier air will come in behind it. That means we will dip into the 50s and 60s for early Friday morning.

• The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this morning on why convicted murderer Timothy Lee Hurst should or should not be executed. Hurst won a major victory in January when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida's sentencing system in death penalty cases, and in so doing ordered the state's highest court to resentence him. Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau chief Steve Bousquet will have coverage of the arguments today on tampabay.com/politics.

• The Tampa City Council meets at 9 a.m., when it will hear from police Chief Eric Ward about the recommendations that the U.S. Department of Justice made to the city after its nearly year-long review of the city's bicycle ticketing practices. Follow Rick Danielson on Twitter (@Danielson_Times) for updates.

• Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but he is also keenly aware that many in his own party — and many Americans, frankly — are scared and anxious about the idea of him in the Oval Office. Even he is not sure how a divided nation would adjust to the first 100 days of a Trump presidency. What he does know, however, is what he wants to do in those early months.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

• Today is Cinco De Mayo. But like its Irish cousin, St. Patrick's Day, this regional Mexican holiday may be more of a big deal in the United States than in its home country. Cinco de Mayo marks Mexico's victory over the invading French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. So why do we celebrate it in the United States?

• For Cinco de Mayo, our food editor offers these tips for making guacamole. We've got a list of local Cinco de Mayo parties and parades, too.

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Read the report on the fatal FSU frat party: ‘The most intoxicated’ they had ever been

Read the report on the fatal FSU frat party: ‘The most intoxicated’ they had ever been

"On Nov. 3, 2017, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 1012 Buena Vista Drive … in reference to a death investigation."So begins a charging document in the case of Andrew Coffey, the 20-year-old Florida State University student who was foun...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Forecast: Brutal cold arrives in Tampa Bay, but won’t stay long

Forecast: Brutal cold arrives in Tampa Bay, but won’t stay long

It’s freezing, literally. For now.The quick-moving cold blast, which has been anticipated for days, arrived with an especially frigid punch across Tampa Bay.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area The region is under a freeze wa...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Two treated at hospital after fire at Apollo Beach home

Two elderly residents were treated at a local hospital after a fire at an Apollo Beach home early Thursday morning.Hillsborough Fire Rescue crews, responding to the 600 block of Flamingo Drive around 4 a.m., found the home fully engulfed in flames.Tw...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Tampa Bay freeze won’t last long; report describes binge drinking in FSU hazing death; Lord Stanley, meet Jose Gaspar; 15,000 ball pit balls up for auction

The Daystarter: Tampa Bay freeze won’t last long; report describes binge drinking in FSU hazing death; Lord Stanley, meet Jose Gaspar; 15,000 ball pit balls up for auction

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• The worst is behind us, but we’re not quite yet finished with the chilly weather. Last night was one of the coldest nights in years, prompting shelters to open across Tampa B...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Romano: Are buses really our last gasp?

Romano: Are buses really our last gasp?

To the members of the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership group:Listen carefully when a new plan for a rapid bus system is unveiled to you on Friday. All the benefits the supporters will tout will undoubtedly be true.A rapid bus syste...
Updated: 10 hours ago
In St. Petersburg, skeptics sneer at plan to concentrate USF power in Tampa

In St. Petersburg, skeptics sneer at plan to concentrate USF power in Tampa

In the state capitol on Wednesday, lawmakers breezed through the bullet points of a higher education bill. They skimmed past a hot-button proposal to consolidate the University of South Florida System into a single university without a peep of pushba...
Updated: 11 hours ago
New St. Pete City Council gets to work, starting with 2018 budget

New St. Pete City Council gets to work, starting with 2018 budget

ST. PETERSBURG — The new City Council will get its first chance to weigh in on the 2018 budget on Thursday morning — and they’re likely to bring a long list of priorities to the table.In recent years, rising property values have kept city coffers flu...
Published: 01/18/18
After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

ST. PETERSBURG — The demise of the distinctive sign has been rumored many times.This time, it’s no rumor. It looks very likely that by the end of spring the corner of 16th Street and Central Avenue will no longer be graced by World Liquors and its ic...
Published: 01/18/18
Extraordinary heroism deserves a less ordinary movie than ‘12 Strong’

Extraordinary heroism deserves a less ordinary movie than ‘12 Strong’

After 16 years of combat and counting, the war in Afghanistan gets a happy movie ending in 12 Strong, a thick slice of patriot porn.Based on a true story, 12 Strong rightfully celebrates the first U.S. Special Forces unit battling Taliban forces shel...
Published: 01/18/18
Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

WESLEY CHAPEL — Mother Nature seems to have a way of putting a chill on one of the hottest amenities in residential real estate development.Members of the business community, elected officials and officers with Metro Development Group and Crystal Lag...
Published: 01/18/18